The last parts needed for the canopy reinforcement plates, was 6 small strips that will strengthen the lightning holes.
I marked and drilled the first one, then used that one to matchdrill the rest.
Finally I matchdrilled them to the reinforcement plates.
Next I fabricated the parts for the canopy lifting dampers.
First I made the forward attach blocks from this piece of alubar..
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Then I marked the layout of the aft attachments like this.
Cut out the pieces required.
…then drilled them so I could cleco them together like this.
Before fitting the damper attachments, I had to remove the canopy skin again. This time I prepared it for primer, by deburring all holes & edges, and etching the surfaces with scotchbrite.
I had to move the forward attachment blocks a tiny bit forward, so they didn’t interfere with the rivet here.
I then drilled the screw holes, and countersunk them enough to fit the rather large skin dimples needed for the attachment screws.
The aft attachments installed..
Finally a couple of shots of how the canopy will open.